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Wellington X
21.08.1943 No. 82 O.T.U. Wellington X HE332 Fl/Sgt. Harvey C. Shaw

Operation: Training

Date: 21st August 1943 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 82 OTU

Type: Wellington X

Serial: HE332

Code: J

Base: RAF Ossington, Nottinghamshire

Location: Ossington, Nottinghamshire

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Harvey Carlin Shaw AUS/23748 RAAF Inj. (1)

Nav/Air/Bmr: F/O. Frederick Gordon Ingham 133088 RAFVR Age 25. Killed (2)

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Ronald William Hughes. 1333407 RAFVR Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Evered Austin McCasker AUS/425408 RAAF Inj. (3)

Air/Gnr: Sgt. H. Jennings. 1720032. R.A.F.

Air/Gnr: Sgt. B. Dye. 1874892. R.A.F.


Took off from RAF Ossington at 21.32hrs for a night training exercise. The aircraft crashed at 23.37hrs after hitting some trees on the approach to the runway and crashed on the edge of the airfield.

(1) Fl/Sgt. Harvey Carlin Shaw was injured, but survived and returned to active service. Harvey was born on the 15th April 1918 in Brisbane, Queensland and enlisted in Sunnybank, Brisbane on 9th August 1940 and was discharged from service on the 9th August 1945 at the rank of Warrant Officer

(3) Fl/Sgt. Evered Austin McCasker was badly injured and was admitted to Rauceby Hospital. Evered survived his injuries and returned to active service only to lose his life on 4/5th November 1944. For further details (click here)

Frederick Gordon Ingham. The lads at No. 75 Air School, Lyttleton, South Africa in 1942 (courtesy of Ian M Ingham)

Can anyone help with names for these young men

Centre: Pilot Officer Fred G Ingham. Right: The lads working hard at No. 44 Air School, Grahamstown, South Africa (courtesy of Ian M Ingham)

1942 Passing Out Parade at No. 44 Air School, Grahamstown, South Africa (courtesy of Ian M Ingham)

Left: Citation for F/O. F. G. Ingham. Right: The Yorkshire Penny Bank Association Roll of Honour. June 1942 (courtesy of Ian M Ingham)

Burial details:

F/O. Frederick Gordon Ingham. Brighouse Cemetery, Yorkshire. Sec. E. Cons. Grave 332. Son of Randolph and Annie Ingham of Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse. Husband of Mary Ingham of Bailiff Bridge, Yorkshire (2) Frederick Gordon Ingham was born on 30th July 1918 in Brighouse, Yorkshire. Known by family and friends as Gordon he worked for The Penny Bank from 1934 until he enlisted. He had shown great promise and ability while at the bank and was a very popular member of staff. He worked at the Banks office in Bradford. Frederick Gordon Ingham enlist on the 15th September 1939 first serving as a Private in the Army Pay Corps and then with the Gordon Highlanders. Frederick then transferred to the RAFVR as AC2 on the 29th September 1940. On the 29th November AC2 (Aircraftsman 2) was promoted to the rank of L.A.C. (Leading Aircraftsman) and posted to Air Crew Reception Centre. On the 18th October 1941 he was posted to No. 5 Initial Training Unit. The 31st January 1942 Frederick was then transferred to No. 1 E.A.O.S (Elementary Air Observers School, Eastbourne and on the 1st April 1942 he was sent to Air Reception Centre awaiting posting for further training. On the 3rd April 1942 L.A.C. Ingham was posted to No. 75 Air School, Lyttelton, Gauteng, South Africa arriving on the 20th May 1942. He was then transferred to No. 44 Air School, Grahamstown, South Africa gaining his commission as a Pilot Officer on the 21st November 1942. Pilot Officer Ingham left South Africa on the 6th December 1942 arriving in the United Kingdom on 14th January 1943 posted to No. 3 Advanced Flying Unit, RAF Bobbington. Frederick married Mary Naylor in February 1943. Pilot Officer Frederick Gordon Ingham was confirmed in his appointment and promoted to the rank of Flying Officer on the 21st May 1943. Flying Officer Ingham and was then posted to No. 82 O.T.U. (Operational Training Unit) for aircrew duties on the 22nd June 1943. At the time of his death Fredericks address was Clifton Villas, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, Yorkshire, England.

Sgt. Ronald William Hughes. Picture courtesy of Kate Tame

Sgt. Ronald William Hughes. Portsmouth (Milton) Cemetery. Plot Y. Row 12. Grave 38. Son of William Joseph Hughes and Alice Cecelia May Hughes of Southsea, Portsmouth, England

Researched by: Kate Tame, Aircrew Remembered for all the relatives of the crew. With thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ian M. Ingham and family, W. R. Chorley - Bomber Command Losses Operational Training Units 1940-1947

KT 12.09.2013

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The number of training accidents was huge, yet you are one of a very few sites that covers them?

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